Rallye National Orange (La Reunion Island) May 11 & 12th 2002 Unia dedicates win to Didier Auriol With a Toyota Corolla WRC tuned by Belgian squad Future World, Malik Unia and Gilles Stasica have won the Rallye National Orange, round ...
Rallye National Orange (La Reunion Island)
May 11 & 12th 2002
Unia dedicates win to Didier Auriol
With a Toyota Corolla WRC tuned by Belgian squad Future World, Malik Unia and Gilles Stasica have won the Rallye National Orange, round three of the 2002 La Reunion Island rally championship. Unia offered his third win of this year to his fellow Didier Auriol, invited by Toyota Sport La Reunion to give some piece of advices. For the first time in La Reunion, a special stage has to be cancelled when drunken guys caused security problems.
Heavy rains occurred during Leg 1. Payet (206 WRC) set the pace in SS1 before losing time in SS2 because of two spins. With best times in SS3 and SS4, Unia took the lead. Payet was chasing him when he crashed into a trunk installed by drunken... "spectators". In order to secure the rally, the race director decided to cancel SS6. Next morning, weather was better. Payet - classified 26th - signed four "scratches" as Unia controlled the race. Future World driver won for the third time this year, establishing a strong leadership at the championship.
-"With such poring weather conditions, heavy rains and permanent fog, round three was a very difficult rally, said Gerard Magniette (Future World). At the beginning of the race, Unia has made the difference thank to a clever drive. Reliability of his car is well-known and he used it the best way. I took advantage of the press service of team Future World to remember to spectators that, as we are, they are parts of our favorite sport. Please, don't forget to be responsible. "
Rallye National Orange was the ninth rally for Future World in 2002. Leading La Reunion Island Championship, Belgian squad has collected three wins (33%) and seven podium places (77%).
1. Unia-Stasica (F/F) (Toyota Corolla WRC Future World) in 1h12'26; 2. Payet-Payet (F/F) (Peugeot 206 WRC) at 1.26; 3. Gany-Omarjee (Peugeot 306 Maxi) at 1.43; 4. Boyer-Hoarau (F/F) (Renault Maxi Megane) at 3.10; 5. Ardouin-Paris (F/F) (Peugeot 206 S1600) at 3.33...